Holocaust 2000 (1977)

3.5 out of 5

Despite a rather anti-climactic ending, this Italian/British co-production unashamedly rips off the previous years The Omen to good effect. Despite its flaws, it’s surprisingly well shot and directed by Alberto De Martino. The film sees wealthy industrialist, Kirk Douglas, discovering his son, Simon Ward, is the Anti-Christ and heir apparent to a controversial nuclear power plant that is foreseen to end the world.

The production values are pretty impressive throughout, with some nice location work, and a solid international cast including Adolfo Celli, Agostina Belli, Anthony Quayle and James Bond's Geoffrey Keen. The film has more of an American/British feel to it, but the death scenes are outlandishly Italian in execution, with some memorably bloody set pieces, including a vicious knife attack and a helicopter decapitation. Ennio Morricone recycles parts of his score for the same year's, Exorcist 2, but sadly isn't nearly as effective or memorable.

Holocaust 2000, has some pretty neat ideas of it’s own and is a cut above most exploitation rip offs. Worth checking out.

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